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PhD UK/EU Studentship: New Insights into the Rheology of Dense Particulate Systems: Understanding Micro-Scale Transport Phenomena in Industrially- Relevant Wet Particulate Systems using Magnetic Resonance


Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/fees/funding/councils/eligibility.html

A 3-year fully-funded studentship is available to work with Professor Lynn Gladden and Dr. Andrew Sederman to investigate the properties and processing of high solids content structured liquids, slurries and pastes using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. As well as being a subject of much topical interest across mathematics, physics and chemical engineering, the rheology of dense particulate systems is of wide industrial relevance. In this project the main application of interest is the formulation, processing and characterisation of catalytic materials. The project is funded by Johnson Matthey plc (www.matthey.com), one of the largest catalyst manufacturers in the world.

Of particular relevance in this project will be investigating the movement of the liquid when the system is subject to different physical gradients, i.e. shear, pressure, and temperature. This is of paramount importance for the production of high quality, consistent products. Specific industrially-important applications will include: migration of the water phase in ceramic pastes during extrusion; thin film coating of slurries; drying of wet particulate structures; wetting behaviour of dry powders during the creation of slurry. It is expected that some NMR/MRI technique development will be required to allow investigation of these relatively fast processes.

This 3 year fully-funded PhD research project will employ a wide range of NMR and MRI experimental techniques. The project will involve NMR technique development, as well as experiments on both model and realistic conditions.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics. The project will start on 1 October 2017.

Informal enquires may be directed to either Dr Andrew Sederman (ajs40@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Andy York (ayork@matthey.com). Please do not send applications to Drs. Sederman or York.

To apply for the studentship:

  1. Include the Vacancy Reference number LFGPHD004A in the subject line of your email.

  2. Send your CV, to include grades/marks received in relevant examinations, to recruitment@ceb.cam.ac.uk by 17:00 on 19 May 2017.

Please quote reference LFGPHD004A on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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